Opinion

Moments in Time

• On June 15, 1877, Henry Ossian Flipper, born a slave in Thomasville, Ga., in 1856, is the first black cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy. Flipper was never spoken to by a white cadet during his four years at West Point.

• On June 12, 1924, the first Bush president, George Herbert Walker Bush, is born in Milton, Mass. Bush served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in combat.

• On June 10, 1935, in New York City, two recovering alcoholics found Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), a 12-step rehabilitation program. Today there are more than 80,000 local groups in the United States, with an estimated membership of almost 2 million people.

• On June 11, 1944, five days after the D-Day landing, the five Allied landing groups link up in Normandy to form a single solid front across northwestern France in Operation Overlord. The Allied invasion force included 3 million men, 13,000 aircraft, 1,200 warships, 2,700 merchant ships and 2,500 landing craft.

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